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Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children trapped in Aleppo

2016-12-16

NEW YORK, December 16, 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.

“However, hundreds of other vulnerable children, including orphans, remain trapped inside that part of the city. We are extremely concerned about their fate. If these children are not evacuated urgently, they could die.   

“UNICEF and our partners are on standby with transport and teams to evacuate these children to safety. We implore all parties to the conflict to let us do so safely and immediately.” 

 

UNICEF Canada issues urgent appeal for donations to Syrian crisis:

Mr. Lake’s statement comes as UNICEF Canada issues an urgent appeal to Canadians for donations to the Syrian crisis. The agency has more than 200 staff inside Syria responding to this crisis, along with a regional response that is reaching millions of the most vulnerable children and families in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Inside Syria, as people continue to flee the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, UNICEF is on the ground working to reach these displaced children and families with the life-saving supplies they need to survive the brutal winter. Some children have lost or become separated from their families, leaving them even more vulnerable.

UNICEF is calling on Canadians to donate at unicef.ca/Syria

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UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.

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